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Why do baked beans give you wind?

Beans, beans, are good for your heart, the more you eat, the more oligosaccharides your gut bacteria have to digest.

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The next time you let off an eggy one after overdoing it on the beans, blame it on the bugs. The smell is not your own gas but that given off by bacteria in your gut. Beans contain carbohydrates known as oligosaccharides. We lack the enzymes to break these down, so the bugs in our large intestine do it for us. Then they emit that rather pungent gas.


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